Happy NorouzHeart4Iran would like to wish you a Happy Norouz 2015!

Today marks one of the oldest traditional Iranian festivals that starts the first day of spring. According to Farsinet.com:

The word is a compound of two Persian words, “now” which has the same etymology as the English word “new” and means new, and the word “ruz” which means both “day” and “time.” Literally meaning the “new day,” nowruz is usually translated as “new year.” Although Norouz originated in Persia, many other places and cultures celebrate including: Jewish, Zoroastrian, Armenian and Turkish Iranians and Central Asians. *

Norouz is a beautiful, although secular, representation of the Gospel that shows the hunger for hope—for all things new. 

There are a few elements that are central to the day’s festivities including:

  • Lighted Candles to represent the light of spring
  • Seven Edible Things that begin with the letter S
  • A Mirror placed right side up with a hard boiled egg
  • A bowl of clear water with an orange and the leaf of a rose floating in it
  • A Goldfish in a bowl of clear water
  • A barley, lentil, or wheat sprouts with a red ribbon tied around the outside with an orange placed in the center

All these elements are meant to help those celebrating reflect on new life and new growth.

Let’s continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran to come to know the hope of the Good News. For Jesus Christ is truly the one who can make all things new. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

“Come, let us return to the LordHe has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lordlet us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth” (Hosea 6:1-3, NIV).

Enjoy this short video below shown on Mohabat TV on our Farsi channel to wish people inside Iran a “Happy Norouz.”

*http://www.farsinet.com/noruz/history.html

*Happy Nowruz image credit